posted by Toast4Twenty (PARK CITY, KS) Nov 15, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I was thrown off at first by how the storyline is literally the exact same as enemy unknown but then I realized it was even better. XEW is like a massive expansion pack to the first, including two new objectives added to the the storyline, many new maps and something called 'meld'. Meld is used to either genetically alter soldiers in the new facility called a genetics lab or meld can be used to augment the soldier with a new body armor that is upgradeable (I.E. Flamethrower etc.) Augmented soldiers are assigned to the 'Mech Trooper' class and have a refreshed and new ability tree as opposed to the 'gene' solider which keep their class and learned abilities, they get a separate gene ability tree- much like the psychic abilitree in Enemy Unknown except both sides of the tree can be obtained, which is nice way to relieve pressure of choosing an ability. There are many more choices in the player customization as well. You can now equip helmets to soldiers (they have no defensive plus stats, just for looks), in fact, there are over 20 helmets to choose from. You can also change the soldiers uniform style and color scheme. This is a great game and I am going to keep it. The way it includes the original storyline makes me feel like 2k and Fireaxis are saying "Hey, this is what we should have made the first time" and they nailed it!
Multiplayer also includes many additions. When playing duel matches against other players building a squad requires rationing points. Each category of soldier (either xcom or alien) will take a certain amount of points to have on the team. Equipment for the soldiers also take equipment. Players can choose to play an unlimited point match. Playing online only consist of duel battles and players will strategize against another in a random generated map from the game. It is addictive and ther are ranked matches.
It's a great expansion that doesn't require you to own or have played its predecessor.
Not my type of game... If you like watching the AI play a game that you conduct you may like this title. These games are senseless to me, but the quality of the game is prestine. I was hoping it would have been like the last Xcom, where you are actually part of the game.. Instead you are strickly Commander and only command squad members to orders.
You play as the Commander of Xcom
An alien presence has began appearing, you are placed into the field to command squad members to liberate and remove any alien life or alien objects.
I liked the previous Xcom... This one is pure role-playing, turn-style based that I got bored with 10 minutes after playing. Its not my type of game... I'm more of being in the game not watching and given some order. The game is not a strategy game, where you have fleets to organize... Just a 4-6 man squad and the turn-style gameplay... Allowing you to move one time per-character is also annoying to me.
The graphics are cool... I like how the camera zooms into some characters as they perform manuvers... It gave a cinematic feel to the title while playing.
You outfit your command center too... To being the best alien counter-measure facility. Using upgrades you can enhance to the base and to your squad. Its very refined in numerous ways, but sometimes... It just feels like in instances that you are observing a massive ant farm of humans.
In all, if you liked games like... Dragon age or Tom Clancy's End War... Where you have no control of the character, but like giving them tasks to do... You may enjoy it. I only wish this title was like the previous title, where you are the commander and on the game floor. All the extra stuff, player customization, Command center customizations are great. If all that was in the last title of Xcom... It would have been better.